Monday, 25 July 2016
Is a Northern Global Grid Link feasible?
The Arctic Circle is just over 10,000 miles long. A supergrid running its full length would allow solar PV and other forms of low carbon electricity to be transmitted from daylight areas to evening areas.
It would be shorter than the 12,000 miles of the UK high voltage grid.
National grids in Canada, Scandinavia and Russia could be connected, with substantial potential for generation capacity reduction.
The growing geothermal output of Iceland could then also be fed into it. An Iceland/UK link is already being planned.
With global warming, northerly latitudes will become increasingly attractive places to live, so this is a useful piece of infrastructure for the world's future.
Or do you think such grand projects are extravagant and environmentally dubious?
If so, your best bet is to follow my advice and timeshift your electricity consumption out of the peak and into the trough!